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Enhancing Indoor Air Quality: A Look at UV and Ionizing Solutions

Maintaining good indoor air quality is vital for creating a comfortable home environment and preventing health problems like allergies, asthma and respiratory infections. Both UV and ionizing products are effective methods of improving indoor air quality, but which should you choose? Here’s what you need to know about UV and ionizing products.

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UV Air Purification Products

UV technology utilizes ultraviolet light to kill airborne biological contaminants like mould, bacteria and viruses. These products use UV lamps installed inside the HVAC system. As air passes through the system, the lamps emit UV-C light that sterilizes and neutralizes harmful microorganisms. UV air purification is commonly used in healthcare facilities, laboratories and other environments where disinfecting is critical.

UV air purification systems are desirable for their ability to eliminate microorganisms from the air. They also tend to have a long lifespan. However, because they're less effective at removing allergens and particulate matter, you may need supplemental air filtration. Maintenance required for UV air purification systems includes periodic replacement of the UV lamps.

Ionizing Products

Ionizing products work by releasing negative ions into the air. These negative ions attach themselves to positively charged particles, such as dust, allergens and pollutants, causing them to become heavier and fall out of the air. Ionizing products help remove particulate matter from the air. They’re often used in homes, offices and retail spaces to reduce dust, pollen and other airborne particles.

Ionizing products are effective at removing allergens and pollutants. They can be used in a variety of environments and require minimal maintenance. They’re less effective than UV technology, however, at killing micro-organisms. Another drawback is that they can produce harmful ozone.

Which Is Better?

The best product for you depends on your unique needs. If you’re looking for a product with disinfecting power, then a UV air purification system is a good choice. If you need a product that can help you manage allergies and respiratory issues, an ionizing product may be best.

But there's a third option that may tick all the boxes. Leading indoor air quality product manufacturers like Lennox now make air purification systems that combine the benefits of both UV and ionization systems. For example, the PureAir™ S air purification system filters out particles, fights odours and kills germs and viruses.

The Best Indoor Air Quality Products in Edmonton

Modern Air & Water offers an impressive selection of indoor air quality products, including UV air purification systems and HEPA air filtration systems. Find out if your indoor air needs help by taking our air quality test. To learn more about how you can breathe cleaner air in your home, contact us today at our Edmonton location.

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